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Old 10-05-06, 08:34 PM   #1
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Ride Against Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Paraskavedekatriaphobia, as I'm sure you know, is the fear of Friday the 13th. Millions of people the world over share this fear, most particularly in English speaking countries for some reason.

Wikipedia says, "Strangely, there is evidence to suggest that Friday the 13th is actually unlucky. Psychologists have found that some people are especially likely to have accidents or fall ill on Friday the 13th [citation needed]. This has been attributed to such people feeling a heightened state of anxiety on that day. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimates that in the United States alone, $800 or $900 million is lost in business each Friday the 13th because some people will not travel or go to work. [1]

The date is also well-known in the motorcycle (biker) community: since 1981, motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors gather every Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. This tradition started on November 13, 1981 by Chris Simons as a gathering of approximately 25 friends. The event has grown substantially, with an estimated 100,000 people attending in August 2004, as well as music bands, vendors, a bike show, etc."


So, I'm proposing a RAP -- a Ride Against Paraskavedekatriaphobia on Friday, October 13th, by all interested BF 50+ riders.

We could pledge to ride thirteen miles, or any multiple thereof. We could enjoy one piece of pie for each thirteen miles ridden. We can show the world that there's NOTHING to fear about Friday the 13th, but, in fact, it makes for a heck of a good excuse to go for a ride.

So -- who's up for joining me a week from Friday for a special first annual 50+ RAP?
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What kind of pie?
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Friday the 13th is my lucky day! I'll ride.... what kind of pie you having? (I'm hoping for a Blueberry.....)
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Me too!

My multiple of 13 will probably be 1.15385.

How about Rhubarb Pie?
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Either Pecan or Apple, Cranberry, Raisin w/walnuts! and french vanilla ice cream on the side!!!
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Sounds good!! Ride and Pie.
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Do you have to slice the pie into 13 pieces?
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Do you have to slice the pie into 13 pieces?
No, but perhaps you can eat your slice in 13 bites.
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Friday the 13th- and in particular if it falls in March- is my UN lucky day- WHY? I am hopeless remembering birthdays and it is my eldest daughters birthday on march 13th and she was born on a Friday.
I never seem to get her card in the post in time so have to deliver it by hand, and then have to put up with a slice of her birthday cake. She is on a health food kick and her cakes are terrible.

Mind you- Don't know where I can get pie at 8pm on a ride so might have to make do with a coffee and muffin at Subs.
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Don't forget!

I'll be doing my riding first thing in the morning, because I have to drive to Los Angeles, and won't be able to return until 11 p.m. Ugh.

But the ride will be FUN!
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40% chance of snow tomorrow, but I'll give it a shot.
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okay, I'm in

being almost over my jetlag, I'll rise before dawn and pedal into the sunrise as part of my effort to help the team overcome transkedapaleria-blah-blah0blah...
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Why, this is just the excuse I need to take a day off from work tomorrow. I just told my administrative assistant that I won't be in. I'm shooting for 52 miles so I can share pie with my wife and the two friends we're having dinner with later in the evening.
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Does it have to be exactly 13 or can I go over...heck, either way I'm in!!
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It's cold and windy with rain showers here. The only riding I'll be doing today, if any, is on the trainer.

Besides, I'm not superstitious (knock wood, salt over shoulder...).
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It's cold and windy with rain showers here. The only riding I'll be doing today, if any, is on the trainer.

Besides, I'm not superstitious (knock wood, salt over shoulder...).
I'm out the door in twenty minutes. 58 degrees so I won't freeze.
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Missed this post originally, so belatedly, I'm in . . . 13 bites and all!

It's a lovely fall day on the Western Slope and it will be a good excuse to return to the local park trail where yesterday a red fox crossed my path twice and a white pelican was swimming alone on the lake -- DG, is this an omen or something to worry about?
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OK, I rode 13.67 miles this morning. Temperature was 37 degrees with winds 20-30 mph and gusts to 40. Windchill was 28. Some sun but mostly clouds. Great ride! Here's a photo my dad took of me outside the restaurant were he and my mom have breakfast most mornings. Cheers all.
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Missed this post originally, so belatedly, I'm in . . . 13 bites and all!

It's a lovely fall day on the Western Slope and it will be a good excuse to return to the local park trail where yesterday a red fox crossed my path twice and a white pelican was swimming alone on the lake -- DG, is this an omen or something to worry about?
It is. Do a google for animal symbols. In native American cultures, as well as Celtic and others, animals "appear" in your life for a reason. The fox is often a symbol of cunning and camouflage, but I'm not aware of what the pelican might represent.

Most likely, you're doomed. But save room for pie!
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